trip

verb
\ ˈtrip How to pronounce trip (audio) \
tripped; tripping

Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble
2 : to make a mistake or false step (as in morality or accuracy)
3a : to dance, skip, or caper with light quick steps
b : to walk with light quick steps
4 : to stumble in articulation when speaking
5 : to make a journey
6a : to actuate a mechanism
b : to become operative
7a : to get high on a psychedelic drug (such as LSD) : turn on often used with out
b slang : freak sense 3b

transitive verb

1a : to cause to stumble often used with up
b : to cause to fail : obstruct often used with up
2 : to detect in a misstep, fault, or blunder also : expose usually used with up
3 : to release or operate (a mechanism) especially by releasing a catch or detent trip the fire alarm
4 : to raise (an anchor) from the bottom so as to hang free
5a : to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering
b : to hoist (a topmast) far enough to enable the fid to be withdrawn preparatory to housing or lowering
6 archaic : to perform (a dance) lightly or nimbly
trip the light fantastic
: dance

trip

noun

Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : voyage, journey
b : a single round or tour on a business errand
2a : an intense visionary experience undergone by a person who has taken a psychedelic drug (such as LSD)
b : an exciting or unusual experience the party was a trip
3 : absorption in or obsession with an interest, attitude, or state of mind a guilt trip on a nostalgia trip
4 : a faltering step caused by stumbling
5 : a stroke or catch by which a wrestler is made to lose footing
6 : error, misstep
7 : a quick light step
8a : the action of tripping mechanically
b : a device for tripping a mechanism (such as a catch or detent)

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Examples of trip in a Sentence

Verb

He deliberately tried to trip me. The dancers tripped off the stage.

Noun

They got back from their trip yesterday. a trip around the world He was on an acid trip. an ankle injury caused by a trip
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The royal family made the difficult decision to stop breeding corgis back in 2015, as it was feared that the Queen might trip over any younger dogs that were running around Buckingham Palace and injure herself. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen's Last Remaining Corgi Has Just Died," 18 Apr. 2018 The outlet reported that Grimes may have tripped and fallen into the water while fishing. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Drowning victim in Livingston Parish identified as CNN anchor Don Lemon's older sister," 1 Feb. 2018 In Dawn of the Dead, zombies wander through a giant freestanding mall, tripping and falling into the fountain, or rotating haplessly on the escalators as a carousel-esque soundtrack plays. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Why zombies are so hilarious," 5 Dec. 2018 The first sign that something was wrong with the Herzfeld children came when 9-year-old Tziporah starting tripping over her feet and falling down in gym class. Connie Lin, Good Housekeeping, "Family Struggles to Find Diagnosis After All 4 Kids Develop Rare Condition," 10 July 2015 At Duke, Allen was infamous for tripping and putting his foot in the wrong place at the wrong time. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Watch: Grayson Allen, Trae Young Earn Technical Fouls After Scuffle," 6 July 2018 Poland shifted to a three-man backline at the start of the second half, and Senegal's Salif Sane got a yellow in the 49th for tripping Lewandowski from behind as this forward was running onto a through pass. Ronald Blum, chicagotribune.com, "Senegal beats Poland 2-1 for first African win at 2018 World Cup," 19 June 2018 And with Ovechkin in the penalty box for tripping in the final minute of the wild second period, Smith scored into a mostly open net after controlling a pass from Alex Tuch. Greg Beacham, Houston Chronicle, "Capitals defeat Golden Knights to earn first Stanley Cup in franchise history," 7 June 2018 After tripping the shutter on his bulky Speed Graphic, Ellis headed to The Post’s darkroom to process the 4-by-5-inch sheet of film. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In 1936, Washington got a jolt from a photograph of a monumental lightning strike," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to Us Weekly, the shopping trip was more for her daughter—still, J.Lo dressed for the occasion with her best high-low outfit. Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez Completed a $200K Outfit With $60 Sunglasses," 25 Mar. 2019 For Selena Gomez, a trip to Mexico was just what the doctor ordered. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Selena Gomez Steps Out With a Just-Back-From-Vacation Glow in Los Angeles," 14 Feb. 2019 The trip was dicey, with the dual threats of being discovered by the Nazis or killed by Allied forces hanging over them. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 The soft clay then has to be fired, which might require a trip to your local kiln. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "New 3D printer takes the mess out of ceramics," 11 Dec. 2018 The trip down memory lane was clearly a delight, as Ari managed to recruit several original cast members for her video, including Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls) and Jennifer Coolidge (Paulette from Legally Blonde). De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lindsay Lohan, Reese Witherspoon, and More Celebs Praise Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next"," 2 Dec. 2018 But while the trip to the internet is the introduction, the bulk of the 11-minute VR experience is actually a series of mini-games. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Void’s Ralph Breaks VR puts players inside a giant interactive Disney movie," 21 Nov. 2018 Which means, judging by the development of Kevin and Zoe’s investigation into Jack’s past, that Vietnam trip probably isn’t too far off either. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "'This Is Us' Reveals the Heartbreaking Promise Miguel Made to Jack Before He Died," 24 Oct. 2018 On the surface, such a trip is hardly out of the ordinary. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Melania’s trip to Africa says a lot about US foreign policy under Trump," 9 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'trip.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of trip

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for trip

Verb

Middle English trippen, from Anglo-French treper, triper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English treppan to tread — more at trap

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trip

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit your foot against something while you are walking or running so that you fall or almost fall
: to cause (someone who is walking or running) to fall or almost fall
literary : to dance or walk with light, quick steps

trip

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a journey to a place
: a short journey to a store, business, office, etc., for a particular purpose
informal : the experience of strange mental effects (such as seeing things that are not real) that is produced by taking a very powerful drug (such as LSD)

trip

verb
\ ˈtrip How to pronounce trip (audio) \
tripped; tripping

Kids Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble : cause to stumble
2 : to make or cause to make a mistake Their tricky questions tripped us up.
3 : to move (as in dancing) with light quick steps She tripped lightly around the room.
4 : to release (as a spring) by moving a catch

trip

noun

Kids Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an instance of traveling from one place to another a trip to Europe
2 : a brief errand having a certain aim or being more or less regular a trip to the dentist
3 : the action of releasing something mechanically
4 : a device for releasing something by tripping a mechanism

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